BEFORE DEPECHE MODE WAS DEPECHE MODE: MINIMALIST SYNTH DEMOS FROM 1980.
Before there was Depeche Mode, there was Composition of Sound, a minimalist synth act that Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher formed in the spring of 1980. COS were able to put together a 4-song demo with Clarke on vocals.
According to Jonathan Miller’s Stripped: Depeche Mode, Composition of Sound did play a handful of gigs. The first COS show with Dave Gahan on vocals happened on June 14, 1980 at Nicholas Comprehensive in Basildon.
Depeche Mode fans will be familiar with as “Ice Machine,” as it was the b-side of their first single, “Dreaming of Me,” which was released in February 1981. Unlike the earlier demo, this demo has Gahan on vocals. Interestingly, Fletcher plays the bass on these tracks.